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James

After a decade in the business world, I came to crossroads. My company relocated to Florida and I decided to switch gears and go into education. My wife is an educator, and she encouraged me to follow my passion for History. I earned a Masters of History, and I am now currently prepping to become a certified teacher (History 7-12) with the State of Texas.

I have always enjoyed reading and learning. Let me share that love (and the success that goes with it) with you or your child. Better test results are the short-term goal, but hopefully in the long run, I can instill a joy for learning and a set of critical thinking skills that will benefit them for life.

Undergraduate Degree:

 The University of Texas at Arlington - Bachelors, Information Systems

Graduate Degree:

 The University of Texas at Arlington - Masters, History

Cooking, photography, and working around our little ranch keep me busy!

College Geography

College Level American History

High School Geography

High School Level American History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

US History

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to let the student lead me at the beginning until I get a feel for their style. Every student is different, so my style has to be tailored to their individual style.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I will go over the 'big picture' of their subject and find out where they are having troubles. From there, we can zero in on specific areas and craft specific approaches to strengthen those areas of need.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Reading strategies, note-taking styles, and the adoption of a critical thinking approach all will aid a student to become more independent.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Remaining upbeat and becoming the student's biggest cheerleader is helpful with younger students. With older students, results are great motivators.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I find that breaking things down into smaller components usually helps. Start with the bricks to build the house.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Slowing the reader down and lots of quick 'quizzes' can help a student gain the confidence that is usually lacking in these situations.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Again, working with the student instead of tutoring to the student usually pays the biggest dividends.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Being excited myself is a great motivator, along with confidence-building short exercises.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Frequent short assessments are very helpful in zeroing in on trouble areas - as opposed to larger test style assessments.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Building on improving their performance in the short assessments. Success breeds confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Previous test work, school grades, and the input of the parents taken together usually gives a good picture of past performance. That is where I start, and then student input is added in to engage the student in the process.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

My tutoring is defined totally by the student's needs. No two students get the same program.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The students textbooks and notes are the place we start.